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Tower Verre as seen from the street.
|Type||Galleries, Hotels, Residential|
|Location||53 West 53rd Street
New York City, New York, United States
|Antenna spire||1,050 ft (320 m)|
|Design and construction|
Tower Verre, also known as the MoMA Expansion Tower and 53 West 53rd Street, is a supertall skyscraper proposed by the real estate company Hines to rise in Midtown Manhattan, New York City adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art.
The mid-block building has run into considerable opposition focusing on fears that it would cast a shadow over Central Park during the winter and that its mid-block location would create traffic problems. Further the building does not have financing.
On September 9, 2009, the New York City Planning Commission said the building could be built if 200 feet (61 m) were clipped off the top. The City's decision not to approve Tower Verre as proposed was greeted with disappointment and derision by several prominent architecture critics.  The 1,050-foot (320 m) version, was approved by the City Council on October 28, 2009 in a 44-3 vote.
The building's skin would contain a faceted exterior that tapers to a set of crystalline peaks at the apex of the tower. Due to this, the project is said to be one of the most exciting additions to New York's skyline in a generation.
The building would host Galleries, a 5 star hotel, and 8 star residential apartments. Each floor has 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2) starting with 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) of space at the base. It will use wind power and rain water for everyday needs.
MoMA, which owned the building's 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) lot and completed a renovation in 2005, sold the lot to Hines for $125 Million in 2007.
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